Do you have a lot of dandruff?
Well, no worries, because you’ve come to the perfect place!
Dandruff can be rough, but don’t sweat it – just shampoo it! Well, sometimes.
Today, we have a special breakdown of dandruff causes and remedies. The first 20 slides are strictly causes. Skip to slide 21 to check out homemade dandruff remedies.
These cheap, effective methods will save you a quick buck and time while revitalizing your hair and scalp!
In the meantime, check out the following 20 causes of dandruff! That sensitive scalp has so many possible irritants!
1. Too much shampoo
You shouldn’t shampoo your hair every day. Like, shampoo sometimes. You need to hit a healthy shampoo zone. That way, you’ll have a healthy amount of essential oils across your scalp.
2. No conditioner
Do you use conditioner? Conditioner can be a great way of managing dandruff. Conditioner adds vitamins and nutrients to hair, increasing its volume and perceived health. Consider conditioner.
3. Natural fungus among us
So what is dandruff? Well, it’s caused by the fungus malassezia. It’s the same substance that causes acne, in fact. An overgrowth of malassezia causes dandruff.
4. Improper rinsing
Proper rinsing can help those flakes disappear. There’s an art to the rinse! Do your hair a favor and handle with care!
Brushing your hair is healthy! It keeps circulation strong and removes dead skin cells. But don’t overbrush! About twice a day will do.
6. Wrong shampoo
Maybe your hair hates your shampoo? Some hairs aren’t suited for certain shampoos. Try a different product or brand altogether.
7. Too much style
Too much style can be bad for your hair! Gels, hairsprays, and mousse can irritate your hair and scalp. Don’t overdue it!
8. You’re stressed
Stress can cause the body to go awry. Sometimes a break is necessary. Take a chill pill. Your hair could use it!
9. Too much sugar
As your doctor would say – don’t eat too much sugar! Go for fruits and vegetables over those donuts! Your scalp with thank you later.
10. Bad diet
Do you eat a lot of junk? Maybe that bad hair stems from something deeper. Ya gotta take care of yourself! Your diet is absolutely essential.
11. Lack of moisture
That dry heat can get tiresome. Everyone loves a fresh breeze. So does your hair! Make sure it gets the proper moisture. Dry scalps can lead to flakes and itch.
12. No scalp massage
Massaging your scalp can help dandruff, breaking up flakes. Never scratch! Massage instead.
13. Skipping the SPF
Sun exposure causes wrinkles. It also damages unprotected skin if exposed for too long. Treat your scalp with some sunblock, especially if it’s short!
14. Not enough exercise
Love thyself. You need to stay mentally and physically sharp! Try some yoga. It may reduce your stress and make that dandruff go away.
15. Bad environment
Consider the health of your surroundings. Or at least consider how your surroundings affect your health. A steamy, humid environment can cause hair problems too.
16. Vitamin deficiency
That dandruff can point towards something else. Sometimes, dandruff is merely a symptom for underlying issues. Vitamin deficiencies aren’t uncommon. Visit your doctor or get a blood test to find out!
17. Unhealthy lifestyle
A general unhealthy lifestyle can throw you all off. Get enough sun each day. Eat healthy. Get some exercise. Doing it all can help that dandruff go away.
18. Touching your hair too much
Don’t touch your hair too much! Your hands are full of oils and over touching your hair can even irritate your scalp! The head’s hard to avoid, but don’t touch too much.
19. Shampoo too little
Shampooing too much can be a problem. So can shampooing too little. Healthy hair needs a good cleansing every now and then!
20. Not enough sleep
This goes beyond hair. Get some sleep! Your entire body will thank you for it! Even you scalp!
21. Apple cider vinegar remedy
This is without a doubt, one of the best natural remedies to treat severe dandruff. There are steps that should be followed in order to prepare the right concoction. Start by adding some water to your apple cider vinegar (about the same amount for each). Wash your hair and then apply the solution to the wet hair and begin to lather all over. Make sure to massage consistently and then finally leave to dry for about 15 minutes then rinse off.
Mehndi is a red dye that comes from crushing plant leaves of Lawsonia inermis to a powder and converting it to a paste. It is a natural alternative for creating silky soft hair that needs to be applied correctly for it to be used to its maximum potential. Mix mendhi with a bit of lemon juice and curd. Once the paste is formed, keep it aside for about 8 hours (Yes, it takes time). After the 8 hours, you can proceed to apply it on your hair and then finally letting it dry for two hours before you rinse it off.
23. Coconut oil with lemon
Getting tired of those tiny white flakes on your head? Coconut oil with lemon is guaranteed to provide you with enough nourishment to tackle hair dandruff in a short amount of time. Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon to create the mixture. Once done, apply and massage on your scalp for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. After this step, you can leave it on your hair for about 20 minutes before washing it with shampoo.
24. Fenugreek seeds
Also known as methi seeds, these miracle workers are great for people who suffer from low blood sugar levels and can also help boost testosterone levels. In addition, it also helps regulate cholesterol and also helps maintain a healthy appetite. You should put the seeds into a bowl to allow them to soak overnight. Next, add lemon juice to the paste-like creation and mix well. Apply the new mixture on our scalp and massage gently for about 1-2 minutes. Leave to dry for about 30 minutes and then wash your hair with shampoo. You should be feeling like a million bucks at the end!
For a messy solution, give some curd a try. Just apply a small amount straight to your hair and scalp and lather appropriately. You’ll have to be patient since you’ll have to wait for about an hour or so before the treatment is complete. Rinse off the curd with shampoo after the hour is done.
26. Neem juice
Neem is an important ingredient in the rejuvenation process of hair and is known to be found in most shampoos on the market. Neem avoids a messy procedure, like the one for curd, and also reduces the drying time significantly. Crush the neem leaves into a bowl until you see it turn to a thick paste. Apply the paste onto your hair and dry it for a minimum of 10 minutes. Once finished, you can proceed to wash your hair with some water to remove the solution.
27. Orange peel
You would’ve never expected orange peels to be a natural remedy for dandruff! Orange peels contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and dietary fibers which help benefit the hair and body. Grabe some orange peels and apply some lemon juice to them. Grind the combination of peels and juice until a paste forms. Apply this paste to your hair and let dry for 30 minutes. Shower your hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo and you should be flake-free after consistent application of the orange peel paste.
28. Egg yolk
We’re not kidding. Egg yolk actually contains biotin, which is the major vitamin that fights against dandruff! Just be sure to prepare it accordingly by removing the white layer that surrounds the yolk. Keep your hair and scalp dry before you apply the yolk. Then, you have to keep your hair covered in a plastic bag for about 1 hour (no kidding). Use shampoo to wash your hair, but be mindful that you may have to wash your hair more than once to be rid of the foul yolk stench.
29. Green tea
Containing a lot of anti-fungal properties, green tea provides great antioxidants that can help build a healthy scalp and hair altogether. Collect two tea bags and place them into a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes until the tea dissolves in it. Allow it to cool, then apply the green tea extract onto your hair and scalp for a deep 30-minute rub. After the time is up, gently rinse the hair and make sure to get it all off.
30. Basil leaves
The antibacterial properties of basil leaves allow it to help cure dandruff and dry scalp. Acquire some basil leaves, 2 teaspoons of amla powder, and 2 teaspoons of water. Mixing all of these ingredients will create a clean paste that will be applied to the head and will be left alone to dry for 30 minutes. Rinse off the paste and your hair should be feeling smoother and cleaner the moment you wash it off!
31. Listerine mouthwash
This one is a bit of a shocker. Who would’ve guessed that mouthwash has antifungal properties that help fight yeast responsible for preventing the growth of hair. Gather 1 tablespoon of Listerine mouthwash and 9 tablespoons of water. Mix the mouthwash with water in a small bowl and apply to your hair. Rinse off with anti-dandruff shampoo to wash away all the dirt and bacteria.
32. Olive oil
This is one of the easier remedies. All you need to do is apply some olive oil to your hair and let it dry for 10 minutes. That’s it! Don’t get carried away with this remedy since it can leave your hair feeling too oily if you rely on this method for too long.
Garlic can help get rid of dangerous microbes that can cause dandruff in hair. Begin with a few garlic cloves as well as 1 tablespoon of honey. Like all the previous remedies, mix them both and turn into a paste. Apply the paste to your scalp for about 15 minutes; allowing the hair to dry in the process. Rinse off the sticky paste with shampoo. You’ll notice garlic is a strong cure for dandruff and can help get it off without a problem.
34. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has been used for hundreds of years to treat ailments like acne, athlete’s foot, and dermatitis. The oils contain a strong compound called terpinen-4-ol that has strong antimicrobial properties. Be careful when applying it directly to the scalp since it can cause inflammation or rashes.
35. Aloe vera gel
The gel in Aloe vera is great for its healing properties since it contains bioactive compounds, like amino acids and antioxidants. The gel also improves moisture retention in the skin and promotes healthy wound healing. A new topical gel containing Aloe vera was proven to be effective in treating a form of dandruff referred to as seborrheic dermattis. You can either apply the gel directly from an Aloe vera plant or purchase the gel/products online.
Besides being a strong pain reliever, aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is a common active ingredient found in anti-dandruff shampoos. The ingredient can aid in exfoliating excess dandruff flakes, prevents oil/dirt accumulation, and helps to reduce inflammation on the scalp.
37. Baking soda
Baking soda acts as an exfoliant that can help destroy and eliminate oil and excess skin cells. Just try not to use it too frequently since its high Ph levels can damage the scalp if a person is not careful. Dryness and irritation are common side-effects if used too much, so try to not overdo it.
Zinc is a mineral that helps support and maintain the immune system and as well as promotes cell growth. According to a study done by the NIH, zinc deficiencies have been linked to hair loss, diarrhea, impotence, and skin lesions. In addition, many dandruff shampoos contain zinc pyrithione since it blocks fungal growth and eradicates excess skin cells from the scalp.
39. Coconut oil
According to research found during a clinical trial, the application of virgin coconut oil led to a 68.23% decrease in atopic dermatitis symptoms in a group of 117 children aged 1 to 13 years old. Coconut oil is known to provide strong anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply it directly, or find products online containing coconut oil that can work the same way.